The EFF has rallied behind its leader Julius Malema, saying that it has never lost a case against the ANC in a court of law.
The party has found itself in hot water ahead of its election manifesto launch in Orlando on Saturday after Malema told international broadcaster Al Jazeera in an interview that we “will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun”.
The ANC told The Citizen newspaper that they have opened a case of high treason against Malema following his remarks.
At a community meeting in Soweto yesterday, EFF secretary general Godrich Gardee said he is not at all concerned about the legal action.
“We will see what the court says but definitely this is not an incitement of violence. It is a fair political comment in an election mood period, and it should be seen in that context. When the apartheid government was killing our people prior to 1994, how did the ANC respond? It took up arms. So why should arms not be taken against it when it is busy killing our people like it did in Marikana?”
The EFF is yet to release an official statement but national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a radio interview yesterday that if things carry on like they did in 1960, they will be forced to form their own Umkhonto we Sizwe.
“We will meet in court. We don’t care about the ANC, we don’t care about Zuma. They should have opened a case long time ago against Zuma for what he has done in South Africa. In fact it is us in the EFF – and the people of South Africa – who should have opened a case against the ANC and Zuma for the breach of the Constitution, for the breach of his Oath of Office,” Gardee said.
The Office of the ANC chief whip released a statement this morning condemning the remarks.
“Malema’s utterances are irresponsible, dangerous and illustrative of an immature politician with no comprehension of the consequence of his public conduct. Malema’s recent utterances and countless other questionable conduct, both inside and outside of Parliament, bear testament to the simple fact that he has no regard for the Constitution and the oath he took when he became a Member of Parliament.”